- Age: 3 years
- Color: Fawn
- Weight: 121 pounds and on a weight loss program!
- Gender: Male
- Dogs: Good
- Cats: Unknown
- Kids: 7 and up
- Obedience: Always recommended
- Exercise: Low to moderate (may increase once thyroid is regulated)
- Fence: Would appreciate, but enjoys leash walks
Woodstock Veterinary Clinic, www.woodstockveterinaryclinic.com
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Koda came to IDR+ via a small rural shelter, where his owner had surrendered him for suddenly urinating in the house during the subzero coldsnap in late December. His owner kindly contacted us to thank us for taking him, and it didn’t occur to her that his sudden urinating could be something medical due to being morbidly obese. She said he was very loved for his 3 years, but food isn’t love. She had not taken him to the vet since his first shots, so she didn’t know what to do. Sadly, she never learned the proper way to care for a dog, and Koda was struggling to walk and breathe after being free-fed Alpo whenever he would let out a textbook Doberman whine. After a very compassionate conversation, she now realizes how this could have been handled better, but Koda is in good hands to get healthy again and find a forever home through IDR+.
We had him thoroughly checked out at the vet, and he is miraculously heartworm negative, and his organs are functioning well! But he had intestinal worms, a low thyroid, cherry eye, very high cholesterol, multiple skin sores, and elevated stress hormones. Plus, he weighed 121, which is about 50 pounds too many for a Dobe his size. At that first vet visit, the vet was unable to hear his heart clearly through his fat to determine if he had any issues, but a healthy heart has since been confirmed.
Amazingly, our vet at Woodstock Veterinary Clinic offered to foster him in her home and be his personal chef and personal trainer until he’s healthy enough to neuter and adopt out. Dr Liv has him on a special diet, works him on the underwater treadmill, and gives him acupuncture and laser therapy. She expects the weight to come off safely over 3 months, and we are so grateful for her expert, hands-on care through Woodstock Vet Clinic. Koda still does not like the cold, but he has a jacket and a harness to help him cope. He has had no accidents in the house, and he is really enjoying napping on a soft bed. He is fine with the other dogs, birds, and kid.
Koda will not be available for adoption until he is healthy, but please show your support for the effort that’s being put into him by making a donation. He is well on his way! If you made any new year’s resolutions to shape up, consider Koda your weight loss buddy! And please, keep your dogs at a healthy weight and up-to-date with annual exams, shots, tests, and HW prevention!
Week 2 update: Koda is able to walk on his own with more confidence, and he’s down 4 pounds!
Week 3 update: Koda has mastered the underwater treadmill and has lost 10 pounds!
Week 4 update: Koda is the perfect houseguest and loves playing with the other dogs. He’s down to 105 pounds!
Week 5 update: Koda is down to 100 pounds, and he is a rockstar in PT!
Week 6 update: He’s down to 96 pounds and has a ton of energy and mobility now!
Koda’s weight loss journey
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